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Kimberly A. Martin

Shareholder, LEED® AP

Brittany Frysinger, 303.575.7543


Kim Martin represents real estate developers, investors and owners of residential, commercial, industrial, TOD and mixed-use projects. She has a specific focus on large-scale greenfield and brownfield development projects, including all aspects of land use entitlements—securing approvals for annexations, development agreements, zonings and rezonings, subdivisions, site plans, transferable development rights, public revenue sharing agreements and vested property rights.  Kim assists clients with acquisition and disposition of vacant land and improved property, including due diligence, and general real estate development matters.  Kim frequently partners with clients on master planned community developments and condominium projects across the Front Range.  In this area, her practice includes assisting developers with structuring and implementing common interest community regimes under the Colorado Common Interest Ownership Act (CCIOA).

In addition, Kim counsels clients with respect to urban renewal projects and other public and private financing structures, including statutory improvements districts and so-called public improvements fees, relating to project development and infrastructure costs. Kim’s work in the public financing realm includes public-private partnership developments where she collaborates with multiple stakeholders to create a shared long-term sustainable vision for a project.  Her work includes building consensus among elected officials and other governmental participants, special districts, bond and disclosure counsel and other vested parties with respect to such public financing tools.

Between receiving her undergraduate degree in aviation management and receiving her law degree, Kim (who is a licensed pilot) worked in airport management at various airports in Colorado and Washington, specializing in project management and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) compliance matters.

Kim has served as the chair of the firm’s Recruiting Committee, as well as a member of the Compensation Committee. She is currently the firm's Managing Director and a member of the firm's Executive Committee.

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  • Negotiated a public financing agreement, land use entitlements and an urban renewal plan for a 2100 acre master-planned community in the north Denver metropolitan area.
  • Represented an international destination retailer client in connection with site due diligence and acquisition, rezoning and related entitlements, public financing agreements and urban renewal instruments for locations in the Denver metropolitan area.
  • Assisted a developer with an infill mixed-use condominium structure and unit dispositions in central Denver.
  • Negotiated an oil and gas surface use agreement on behalf of a master planned community developer in the Denver metropolitan area.
  • Represented a landowner in securing annexation, zoning and development agreement approvals for a mixed-use community in the south Denver metropolitan area.
  • Represented a master developer of a 550 acre commercial development in the Denver metropolitan area with negotiation of purchase and sale agreements and disposition of sites to regional and national commercial and retail users.
  • Negotiated a purchase and sale agreement and assisted a residential developer with acquisition of vacant land and 450 paper lots in the north Denver metropolitan area.
  • Represented a developer in connection with acquisition of property comprising finished lots, paper lots, model homes, vacant land and a golf course on the Western Slope.
  • Assisted a client with a rezoning and vested property rights agreement for an infill residential project in the Vail Valley.
  • Represented a client in connection with acquisition of 1300 acres in Colorado Springs planned for a mixed-use development.
  • Assisted client with implementation of a public improvements fee financing structure for a large-scale mixed-use transit oriented development project in Denver.


  • Co-author: IRS Issues Memorandum on Public Infrastructure Financing; Colorado Real Estate Journal (July 2013)
  • Otten Johnson Alert: Internal Revenue Service Issues Technical Advice Memorandum Impacting Public Infrastructure Financing (June 2013)
  • Otten Johnson Alert: Show Me the Water - Colorado Legislature's Response to Sterling Ranch Ruling (April 2013)
  • Otten Johnson Alert: 2013 Mid-Session Legislative Update (March 2013)
  • Co-author: Colorado Amends "Agricultural Land" Classification (May 2011)
  • Otten Johnson Alert: Colorado Amends "Agricultural Land" Classification (May 2011)
  • Co-author: A Good Time to Pursue Entitlements (August 2009)
  • Chapter Co-author: Colorado Land Planning and Development Law (8th edition)

Awards & Involvement

  • Best Lawyers, Land Use and Zoning (2019-2021)
  • Colorado Open Golf Foundation/Friends of the First Tee Board of Directors (2013-present); Executive Committee (2014-2018)
  • Downtown Denver Partnership Leadership Program (2013)
  • Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce Aviation Coalition (2012-2013)
  • Super Lawyers Rising Star (2011-2014)
  • Denver Business Journal 40 Under 40 (2009)
  • Law Week Colorado "The Compleat Lawyer" (2009)
  • University of Denver College of Law: Law Student Mentor (2004-2011)
  • LEED® Accredited Professional


  • State of Colorado
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Denver Bar Association


  • J.D., University of Denver College of Law (2004); graduated first in her class; Order of St. Ives; Articles Editor, Denver University Law Review; Managing Editor, Transportation Law Journal
  • B.B.A., University of North Dakota (1992)


“I support the Colorado Open Golf Foundation and its mission of fostering kids’ academic, social and civic development by instilling the “Nine Core Values” through the game of golf.  My favorite Core Value?  Responsibility.”